films seen
12
average score
2.54*
nationality
USA - 60 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Started out well enough, delivering a couple of slick and edgy films, but over time Fincher turned into a rather lifeless, stale and ultimately boring Hollywood director. A big name in cinema who doesn't deserve the praise he's been getting.

The good stuff

Fight Club

1999 / 139m - USA
Comedy, Thriller
Fight Club poster

Fight Club probably doesn't need an introduction. It's nice to see Fincher's 90s classic still holds up after all these years though. Pitt and Norton are perfect, the pacing is slick, the styling exquisite. But it's the snide comedy that makes this film stand out, much more so than its activist plot.

The Game

1997 / 129m - USA
Mystery, Thriller
4.0*/5.0*
The Game poster

Solid pieces

The third season or anthology (however you want to coin it) in the Love, Death + Robots franchise. This one is famous for Fincher finally directing an episode himself, though his short is completely overshadowed by some of the more adventurous films here, most notably Alberto Mielgo's Jibaro.

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The anthology starts off with some of the weaker entries, not surprisingly those are also the more humorous ones. Three Robots is the only big failure, so at least it's good to have that out of the way quickly. Fincher's short film lacks originality and a point of view, whereas Kill Team Kill suffers from a terrible art style and a mediocre dub.

There are a fair few solid filler shorts on top of that and three real stand-outs. Emily Dean's The Very Pulse of the Machine is a lushly animated sci-fi mood piece, Night of the Mini Dead is as cute as it is hilarious and over-the-top, but it's Mielgo's Jibaro that propels itself as the big star of the film. Many have commented on its incredible animation, but it's the direction itself that is absolutely mindblowing. Pacing, editing, and sound design complement the visuals and combine to make something surreal and indescribable. Just give this man a budget to make a feature-length film.

The Social Network

2010 / 120m - USA
Drama
3.5*/5.0*
The Social Network poster

The inoffensive

AlienĀ³

1992 / 114m - USA
Sci-fi, Horror
3.0*/5.0*
AlienĀ³ poster

Worthy but flawed

Zodiac

2007 / 157m - USA
Mystery, Thriller
2.5*/5.0*
Zodiac poster

Panic Room

2002 / 112m - USA
Thriller
2.5*/5.0*
Panic Room poster

Dubious filler

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

2011 / 158m - USA
Mystery, Thriller
2.0*/5.0*
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo poster

Se7en

1995 / 127m - USA
Mystery, Crime
2.0*/5.0*
Se7en poster

Plain forgettable

Gone Girl

2014 / 149m - USA
Mystery, Thriller
1.5*/5.0*
Gone Girl poster

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

2008 / 166m - USA
Romance, Fantasy
1.5*/5.0*
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button poster

Irritation overload

Mank

2020 / 131m - USA
Drama
0.5*/5.0*
Mank poster

Mank for Mankiewicz, writer of Citizen Kane and subject of this film. Wank for the incredible circle jerk that Fincher created here. Hollywood's wet dream vision of their own industry, a film that gushes over the larger than life caricatures that prance around the screen and deliver spiffy lines as if the last 80 years never happened.

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It helps if you've seen Citizen Kane and/or have a little knowledge about Hollywood cinema of the 30s and 40s. What really helps though is if you're the type of person that loves these classics as if they were the best thing that ever happened to cinema. That's the target audience of this film, that's who all the fan service is for.

Oldman's overacting is nothing new, the bland gray and white cinematography can't even compete with Kane's, the soundtrack is very present but adds very little and the endless dialogues are so tiring that I'd pretty much had it with this film 30 minutes in. The worst thing Fincher ever made. Successful though, since the Academy wankers gave it an Oscar nomination. Jerks.